Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding What is Evolution? - Section 1: Warm-up


All teachers know that it is challenging to clear up student misconceptions.  No matter how I introduced the March of Progress, students continued to misinterpret the first creature as an ape rather than a primitive human.  When asked, students know and could identify that apes did not give rise to humans but rather they shared a common ancestor.  Still, in every class there was at least one group that referred to the "ape".  What this means to me is that students need to see more images of primative humans prior to responding to their thoughts on this image.

  Misinterpreting the Image
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Misinterpreting the Image
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What is Evolution?

Unit 7: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variation of traits in a population increase some individual's probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

Big Idea: Students use an online simulation to see how random mutations increase or decrease an organisms survival.

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Science, ecosystem, Evolution, natural selection (Evolution), adaptation, natural selection
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